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Published Jun. 26, 2012


DALLAS - A former Baylor basketball player is facing a federal extortion charge for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III unless he was paid.

Richard Khamir Hurd, 25, was arraigned Monday in federal court in Waco. His bond was set at $25,000.

Griffin, the former Baylor quarterback, was the No.2 overall draft choice of the Washington Redskins. He was at an NFL rookie symposium Monday in Ohio, where players were not available to reporters.

Court documents say that last week, Hurd contacted a representative from a St. Louis agency, threatening to publicize derogatory information about a client unless he was paid a "substantial sum" of money. The representative is identified in documents only by the initials B.D.

Griffin's agent is St. Louis-based Ben Dogra, who didn't respond to messages Monday. The documents don't name Griffin.

According to court documents, Hurd met at a Waco business on Friday with someone who agreed to handle the transaction. After signing a non-disclosure agreement, handing over information and receiving a check, Hurd was arrested by an undercover FBI agent, documents said.

Hurd's attorney did not return calls seeking comment.

JET ESCAPES MAJOR INJURY IN CRASH: New Jersey police say Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash early Saturday. Wilkerson, driving a 2011 Dodge Challenger, flipped it over after clipping a 2011 Toyota Sienna carrying 11 people. State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said three people in the minivan reported pain but declined treatment at the scene. Wilkerson, 22, was ticketed for careless driving and failure to maintain his lane. Police don't believe alcohol was involved. The team said Wilkerson got stitches in his forearm and is expected to be fine by training camp next month.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Lions signed safety Sean Jones, who played the past two seasons with the Bucs, to a one-year deal. ... The Steelers released quarterback Troy Smith, who won the 2006 Heisman Trophy at Ohio State.

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Coe, Bubka added to first Hall list

British running great Sebastian Coe, the head of the organizing committee for this year's London Olympics, and Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergei Bubka were added to the inaugural IAAF Hall of Fame class. They join 17 others already named, including Americans Mildred "Babe" Didriksen, Michael Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, Ed Moses, Dan O'Brien, Al Oerter and Jesse Owens. Another five athletes will make up the class of 24. The induction ceremony is at the IAAF Centenary Gala, Nov.24 in Barcelona, Spain.

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SOCCER: Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Tsuyoshi Yoshitake was named the NASL's offensive player of the week for the second week in a row. Yoshitake scored twice in Saturday's 3-2 victory over San Antonio including the winner in the final seconds of extra time. ... UEFA fined the German association $31,200 after fans displayed a neo-Nazi flag at a European Championship match June 17 against Denmark.

AUTOS: IndyCar said it will remain at 15 events for this season and won't replace a canceled race which had been scheduled Aug. 19 in China.